Donald Trump jabs Democrats over shutdown: 'We desperately need Border Security'

Indiana Congressman Jim Banks

Even from this standpoint. "These federal workers want the wall", Trump told reporters in the White House on Christmas Day. That is the first day of the new session of Congress, when Democrats take control of the House. I want everybody to understand: No one is working without getting paid.

"I think that it's very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress", said Mulvaney.

Republican Mark Meadows, a conservative leader in the House who met with Trump on Saturday, said the president has encouraged congressional Republicans to negotiate with Democrats on "finding some kind of path forward". He told CNN, "If they believe that this president is going to yield on this particular issue, they're misreading him".

He declined to say how much he would accept in a deal with congressional Democrats. The market bounced back Wednesday as the Dow rose as many as 562 points.

"Indeed, many DC residents, businesses including restaurants and hotels, and federal contractors will suffer severe impacts if the shutdown continues indefinitely", Bowser wrote.

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Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will work without pay or be furloughed until the government reopens. A Reuters/Ipsos poll in late November found that improved border security was a top-three priority for only about 31 percent of Americans surveyed. "And if you don't have that then we're just not opening" the government.

Former GOP adviser Rick Tyler predicted Democrats won't concede to President Donald Trump on the government shutdown since they've got the political upper hand when it comes to the border wall.

It's unclear what percentage of furloughed federal workers are registered Democrats. The Trump administration has requested $5 billion for the project in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) budget, a request that Democrats and some Republicans opposed.

"You can't build something someone's never built before sitting on your a. doing nothing", he said. Paul Shearon, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, said the union has not heard from a single member who supports Trump's position. During a televised December 11 meeting with Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Trump had said he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security" but has since shifted the blame to Democrats. Pelosi previously reminded the White House that any attempt to "reprogram" government funds - that is, use resources for a goal other than that which was appropriated - would have to be approved by Congress.

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